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Camilla Svensen

Associate Professor UiT The Arctic University of NorwayArctic and Marine Biology
Work address Department of Arctic and Marine Biology Faculty of Biosciences, Fisheries and Economics UiT The Arctic University of Norway Tromsø 9037 Norway Work Phone: +47 77 64 45 32 Website: Arctic Marine System Ecology research group at UiT
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Research interests:

  • Arctic marine zooplankton ecology
  • Vertical carbon flux and regulation mechanisms
  • Structure and function of marine planktonic ecosystems
  • Regenerated production and the role of zooplankton
  • Linking copepods and microbial food webs
  • Life history strategies of small-sized and understudied copepod taxa including winter-ecology as well as feeding and reproduction.

Running national and international projects:

  • CARBONBRIDGE: Bridging marine productivity regimes: How Atlantic advective inflow affects productivity, carbon cycling and export in a melting Arctic Ocean. Funded by RCN, 2013-2016 (PIs Marit Reigstad/P. Wassmann, UiT)
  • MicroPolar[μP]: Processes and Players in Arctic Marine Pelagic Food Webs -Biogeochemistry, Environment and Climate Change, NFR 2013-2017 (PIs: A. Larsen, G. Bratbak, UiB)

Completed national and international projects:

  • Vertical flux regulation and food web dynamics  at lover trophic levels (CONFLUX)  2010-2013, Tromsø Forskningsstiftelse (PI: M.Reigstad/P. Wassmann, UiT)
  • iAOOS-Norway, closing the loop NFR (IPY) 2010-2013 (PI: C. Mauritzen)

Relevant scientific publications:

  1. Svensen C, Morata N, Reigstad M. (2014) Increased degradation of copepod faecal pellets by co-acting dinoflagellates and Centropages. MEPS 516:61-70
  2. Zervoudaki S, Frangoulis C, Svensen C, Christou ED, Arashkevich EG, Ratkova TN, Varkitzi I, Krasakopoulou E, Pagou K. (2013) Vertical carbon flux of biogenic matter in a coastal area of the Aegean Sea: Importance of appendicularians. Estuaries and Coasts
  3. Aubert A, Svensen C, Hessen DO, Tamelander T (2012). CNP stoichiometry of a lipid-synthesising zooplankton, Calanus finmarchicus, from winter to spring bloom in a sub-Arctic sound, J Mar Syst,
  4. Svensen C, Wexels Riser C, Reigstad M. (2012). Degradation of copepod faecal pellets: The role of small sized, < 180 µm, plankton and Calanus finmarchicus. MEPS 462: 39-49
  5. Svensen C, Seuthe L, Vasilyeva Y, Pasternak A, Hansen E. Zooplankton community across Fram Strait in autumn: are small copepods and protozooplankton important? (2011) Progress in Oceanography, 91: 534-544
  6. Mauritzen, C., E. Hansen, M. Andersson, B. et al. (2011). Closing the loop – Approaches to monitoring the state of the Arctic Mediterranean during the International Polar Year 2007–2008. Prog. Oceanogr. 90: 62-89
  7. Sopanen S, Uronen P, Kuuppo P, Svensen C, Rühl A, Tamminen T, Granéli E, Legrand C (2009). Transfer of nodularin to the copepod Eurytemora affinis through the microbial food web. AME. 55: 115-130
  8. Svensen C, Wexels Riser C, Cetinic I, Caric M. (2008). Vertical flux regulation and plankton composition in a simple ecological system: snapshots from the small marine Lake Rogoznica (Croatia). Acta Adriat. 49(1): 37-51
  9. Hagström JA, Granéli E, Maneiro I, Barreiro A, Petermann A, Svensen C. (2007). Release and degradation of amnesic shellfish poison from decaying Pseudo-nitzschia multiseries in presence of bacteria and organic matter. Harmful Algae 6: 175-188
  10. Svensen C, Vilicic D, Wassmann P, Arashkevich E, Ratkova T. (2007) Plankton community and vertical flux of biogenic matter in the highly stratified Krka Estuary (Eastern Adriatic). Est Coast Shelf Science 71: 381-390
  11. Doucette G, Maneiro I, Riveiro I, Svensen C. (2006). Phycotoxin pathways in aquatic food webs: transfer, accumulation and degradation. In: Granéli E., Turner J. (eds.). Ecology of Harmful Algae. Ecological studies, Vol 189. Springer Verlag
  12. Reigstad M, Wexels Riser C, Svensen C. (2005) The fate of copepod faecal pellets and the role of Oithona. Mar Ecol Prog Ser 304: 265-270
  13. Svensen C, Strogyloudi E, Wexels Riser C, Dahlmann J, Legrand C, Wassmann P, Granéli E, Pagou P. (2005) Reduction of cyanobacterial toxins through coprophagy in Mytilus edulis. Harmful Algae 4 (2): 329-336
  14. Svensen C, Nejstgaard JC. (2003) Is sedimentation of copepod faecal pellets determined by cyclopoids? Evidence from enclosed ecosystems. J. Plankton Res. 25:917-926
  15. Wassmann P, Olli K, Wexels Riser C, Svensen C. (2003) Ecosystem function, biodiversity and vertical flux regulation in the twilight zone. In: Wefer, G., Lamy, F., Mantoura, F. (eds.). Marine Science Frontiers for Europe, Springer Verlag. Berlin, New York
  16. Svensen, C. (2002) Eutrophication and vertical flux: a critical evaluation of silicate addition. Mar Ecol Prog Ser 240: 21-26
  17. Svensen C, Egge JK, Nejstgaard JC, Wassmann P (2002) Pulsing versus constant supply of nutrients (N, P and Si): effect on phytoplankton, mesozooplankton and vertical flux of biogenic matter. Sci. Mar. 66(3): 189-203
  18. Svensen C, Egge JK, Stiansen JE. (2001) Can silicate and turbulence regulate the vertical flux of biogenic matter? A mesocosm study. Mar. Ecol. Prog. Ser. 217:67-80
  19. Svensen C, Kiørboe T (2000) Remote prey detection in Oithona similis: hydromechanical vs. chemical cues. J.Plankton Res. 22/6: 1155-1166
  20. Svensen C, Tande K (1999) Female dimorphism and sex change in Calanus finmarchicus. Mar Ecol Prog Ser. 176:93-102

Popular science and outreach:

  • Svensen C (2014) Isbryter. Contribution to anthology “Isfritt”, Spartacus forlag (in Norwegian)
  • Reigstad M, Svensen C (2003) Små prosesser med stor betydning: Karbonets vei gjennom det marine økosystemet. Naturen 5: 194-201 (in Norwegian)


  • 2015: Contributing to NRK production “Schrødingers katt” during fieldwork at Svalbard
  • 2013/2014: Blogging for (
  • 2012: Guest writer for Norwegian science outreach blog
  • 2011: PolArt, communicating science through art, an ARCTOS outreach activity. Member of jury selecting artists for scientific cruises and the subsequent exhibition.
  • 2010: Giving a popularized lecture on plankton for high-school classes at University of Tromsø, “Researchers marathon” – popularized lecture on plankton in marine ecosystems aimed at a general public. Arrangement within “Forskningsdagene”, Tromsø